Evelyn's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Being You

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

EVELYN POLK GREEN

President
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

“Grab a hold of what you can make a difference with and what you can change, and the rest you can just let go.”

INTERESTS:

Education Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Acceptance Perseverance Struggle Dedication Inspiration Pressure Community

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

acceptance, accepting yourself, ADHD, challenges, college, discovery, education, family, forgiveness, growth, learning, learning disability, positivity, strengths, success, talent, teacher, teaching, understanding, youth

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Throughout elementary school and high school, she was an honor roll student.
  • She received a full-ride scholarship to Duke University, but when she got there, she started struggling.
  • She couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t focus and she didn’t know where to turn for help; ended up dropping out of college.
  • Looking back, she recognizes her struggles were a result of her ADHD, but at the time, she only knew that she didn’t function the way other students functioned.
  • Years later, her sons were diagnosed with ADHD, and she realized that she had it, too.
  • Says that their diagnoses were a relief, more than anything; now that she’d identified the problem, she could figure out where to turn for help.
  • She went back to school and completed not only her undergraduate education, but also two master’s degrees.
  • Says her happiness and confidence comes from understanding that ADHD has as much to do with her successes as it does with her struggles.

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